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A study of the glazing techniques and provenances of Tang sancai glazes using elemental and lead isotope analyses

Shen, J. Y.; Henderson, J.; Evans, J.; Chenery, S.; Zhao, F. Y.

Authors

J. Y. Shen

J. Evans

S. Chenery

F. Y. Zhao



Abstract

This study analyses the elemental compositions and lead isotope ratios of Tang sancai glazes unearthed from the Huangpu kiln, the Huangye kiln, and two Tang sancai tomb sites. The Huangpu kiln and Huangye kiln Tang sancai glazes feature distinct lead isotope ratios and trace element characteristics, which can be interpreted as evidence for the use of different lead ore deposits and siliceous raw materials in the glazes. This is a strong indication that lead isotopes combined with trace element analysis could be a viable approach for identifying the provenance of Tang sancai of unknown origin by linking them to kiln sites; this provenance technique could be significant in the interpretation of ancient ceramic trade and communication patterns. In this study the provenance of several Tang sancai glazes of uncertain origin were determined using this method: some Tang sancai wares unearthed in Xi’an City were produced in the Huangye kiln near Luoyang City and then traded to the Xi’an City, providing an idea of ancient Tang sancai ceramic trade routes.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 23, 2018
Journal Archaeometry
Print ISSN 0003-813X
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 60
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Article Number ARCM12436
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APA6 Citation Shen, J. Y., Henderson, J., Evans, J., Chenery, S., & Zhao, F. Y. (2018). A study of the glazing techniques and provenances of Tang sancai glazes using elemental and lead isotope analyses. Archaeometry, doi:10.1111/arcm.12436
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/arcm.12436
Keywords Archaeology; History
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/arcm.12436

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